Oct 14, 2015

By Jane Brown

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Tom Mulcair is taking a page out of Justin Trudeau’s campaign book, saying he would move toward the full legalization of marijuana if he becomes Prime Minister on Monday.

The NDP leader says that move would begin the day after the election.

“I am going to start by immediately doing something that I can and will do overnight, which is to make sure that nobody ever has to face a charge for personal use or possession of marijuana, and of course, we are on a track to full legalization, but it is more complicated than snapping your fingers. We’re not going to have weed being sold at the LCBO tomorrow morning. That’s not going to happen. Making sure that nobody gets arrested for personal use, that can happen tomorrow morning,” Mulcair said last night in a townhall-style interview with VICE in downtown Toronto.

The New Democrats have long promised to decriminalize marijuana, but it is not currently official party policy to propose the full legalization of the drug.

That promise has been made by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who has proposed full legalization and regulation of marijuana, arguing that selling it like cigarettes and alcohol would reduce the criminal element.

Conservative Leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is promising to preserve the status quo, calling marijuana “infinitely worse” than tobacco.

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